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2005 BMW X5 vs. 1976 Ford Thunderbird

To start off, 2005 BMW X5 is newer by 29 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1976 Ford Thunderbird. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1976 Ford Thunderbird would be higher. At 4,186 cc (8 cylinders), 1976 Ford Thunderbird is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 BMW X5 weights approximately 690 kg more than 1976 Ford Thunderbird.

Because 2005 BMW X5 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1976 Ford Thunderbird. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 BMW X5 will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. 1976 Ford Thunderbird has automatic transmission and 2005 BMW X5 has manual transmission. 2005 BMW X5 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1976 Ford Thunderbird will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 BMW X5 1976 Ford Thunderbird
Make BMW Ford
Model X5 Thunderbird
Year Released 2005 1976
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2926 cc 4186 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 215 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 2170 kg 1480 kg
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 5100 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1890 mm
Vehicle Height 1720 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2760 mm


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